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BOARD. This word is used to designate all the magistrates of a city or borough, or all the managers or directors of any institution; as, the board of aldermen; the board of directors of the Bank of North America. The majority of the board have in general the power to perform the acts of the whole board, but sometimes they are restrained by their charters, and it requires a greater number to perform certain acts.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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From two days to a week saw the end of their money and saw them being carted by the boarding-house masters on board outward-bound ships.
Firstly, there is a joint-stock piano in a great many of the boarding-houses. Secondly, nearly all these young ladies subscribe to circulating libraries.
Here, as at Paris, Becky was a boarding-house queen, and ruled in select pensions.
I am not good for the Leaving Shop, I am not good for the Boarding-House, I am not good for anything in your way to the extent of sixpenn'orth of halfpence.
She was staying at the same boarding-house, and she 'ad a wedding-ring on, and I know for one she's not married."
She was resting in a boarding-house near Eastern Point - a strange establishment, managed.
(2) We do not recommend boarding-houses or hotels in this column.
They were not so successful as I could have wished; for though the advantages of the school were undeniable, my aunt had not approved of any of the boarding-houses proposed for me.